Rabat - A Moroccan man claimed he was infected with HIV by his American girlfriend whom he met online in 2012. The woman concealed from her boyfriend that she was HIV positive and had unprotected sex with him, playing 'Russian Roulette' with his life.
Rabat – A Moroccan man claimed he was infected with HIV by his American girlfriend whom he met online in 2012. The woman concealed from her boyfriend that she was HIV positive and had unprotected sex with him, playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with his life.
The Kenitra native Zouhair Hikam, 24, posted a YouTube video to share his story about HIV to warn other young men especially Moroccan, from falling prey to similar situations and repeating his mistake.
Zouhair who appears in the video without hiding his identity said the young woman, named Shirla introduced herself as a single teacher living in Oklahoma City. He kept dating her online until she decided to visit him in Morocco for the first time in June 2012.
Zouhair said they spent two weeks together in Morocco. During this period the couple had decided to get married at a later time.
Then in October 2014, Shirla came back to Morocco to visit her boyfriend. Zouhair said they spent three weeks together during which they had unprotected sex several times.
Zouhair admits he was in love with Shirla. He trusted her and never believed she would do anything to hurt him.
In May 2015, Zouhair was in Semara and suffered from high fever, prompting him to come back to Kenitra to visit a doctor.
Once he was examined at the hospital in Kenitra, he discovered he was infected with the HIV virus.
“The doctor told me I had contracted a sexually transmitted disease. I was devastated… I broke down as I heard the terrible news,” Zouhair explained.
The young Moroccan said he was very surprised and puzzled because he had been dating this woman for years and she never mentioned this to him at all.
Zouhairrecalls he called Shirla and told her about his disease. Shirla denied infecting him, affirming she was HIV negative and accusing him of having an affair with another woman.
Nonetheless, Zouhair stresses she lied to him about her disease. He also points out Shirla hid the fact that she was already married and made him think she was single and willing to marry him.
Zouhair addressed young Moroccan men advising them they should never be so trusting in such relationships.
“When you get infected with HIV you will not find anyone by your side… Not even your girlfriend who infected you,” he concluded.
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